Monday, 19 September 2016

'All Squared Up' Mid Challenge Reminder

We are back with the Mid Challenge reminder for the 'All Squared Up' Challenge.  The Design Team have been having a great time looking at all of your designs and there is still plenty of time to enter your projects.

The winners of this Challenge will be given the opportunity to be featured in a future challenge .  Zoe (This Little Place) and Wendy (Confessions of a Papersniffer) recently won our  fist ever Picture Challenge.  They are both very talented crafters, check out their blogs.

Zoe

  Hello I'm Zoe and delighted to have been asked to be the Guest Designer for this challenge.   On reaching 60 earlier this this year came retirement, completely loving this and taking full advantage of the time it gives me to do what I love best.   What is that? messy arty crafty things of course!

My earliest memories of card making are of a card and glitter set my Mum got me when I was about 8.   Because of dyslexia my thought process are pictorial it came as a big surprise when it was explained to me that most people mentally visualise words and letters.   Try as hard as I might that skill eludes me, but hay the compensation is a rich parade of pictures often in cartoon form!   Little wonder then that expressing myself visually.

Happy to play with most mediums, not so good with needle and thread but that cross stitch project might get finished one day.   Favourite activities are things you get your hands into, the messier the better.  As soon as I learn't today's theme my mind went to the squares shadow stamp and some old KanBan mats.   After that it was easy, a little stamping some white pen highlights and lots of layering.   Have fun with the challenge and thank you again for inviting me.


Wendy

  Hi, my name's Wendy Fraser, otherwise known as Papersniffer, and yes, I really do love the smell of craft paper! I'm a married, stay at home Mum of one living in Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland and I'm passionate about all thing papercraft. If I'm not crafting you can usually find me in the kitchen cooking or baking or chatting with friends over a large pot of tea. 


As always, our fabulous Design Team have a few more cards to show you, you just cannot stop these ladies from crafting!











This challenge will remain open until 12 Noon on Sunday, 25 September. Please click here to go directly to the challenge.


Monday, 12 September 2016

'All Squared Up' Challenge

Today sees the start of a new Crafty Boots Challenge, which we have called 'All Squared Up'. For the next two weeks we challenge you to use lots of squares in your projects, big squares, small squares, one square, many squares, square cards, square canvasses, square scrapbook pages etc.

Your project does not have to be a card, you can use any materials you like to make anything you like, for example, a card, a box top, a gift bag, a scrapbook page, an ATC, an inchie, etc, just as long as you include squares.

Our Design Team have come up with a few ideas to share with you:

Card by Lisette


Card by Dionne


Card by Lisette


Card by Dionne


We should like to give you the opportunity to join in the fun at Crafty Boots Challenges and, therefore, we are offering guest design team spots to the winner and two runners up of this challenge.

This challenge will remain open until 12 Noon on Sunday, 25 September. There are very few rules but, if you would like to read them for yourself, you will find them here.

We are looking forward to seeing your projects, good luck.

Monday, 5 September 2016

'You are My Sunshine' Mid Challenge Reminder

We are back today with our 'You Are My Sunshine' Mid Challenge Reminder. All of the entries we have seen so far have been so uplifting, the designs are bright and cheerful.

The winners of this Challenge will be given the opportunity to be featured in a future challenge as Guest Designers. Deanne and Carole recently won our 'Christmas in July' Challenge and we are so pleased that they are able to join the Design Team for this week and we are sure that many of you will be familiar with their blogs 'Little Bot O'Paper' and 'Craftilicious Creations'.

Deanne

My name is Deanne Clarke-Saunders. My hubby and I live in Paradise, Newfoundland Canada. I was an elementary teacher for 23 years but retired early. I am now an Early Childhood Educator (couldn’t stay away from the kiddies!!). I have always enjoyed playing with paper, scissors, glue, and ESPECIALLY crayons and pencil crayons, ever since I’ve been a small child. I just couldn’t stop playing, so I continued by scrapbooking and card-making!  I love it!!! My hubby calls me a paper hoarder. He just MAY be right, but I’d never tell him that!!! A man doesn’t need to know he’s right!!! haha!



Carole

Hello! My name is Carole Jones. I live in the NW of England with my husband, David, and Casey, our cat.  My blog is called Craftilicious Creations.  I’m currently on a Design Team and have a couple of Guest Designer spots coming up. I’m over the moon as I’ve just been selected for a new DT role which starts in December.

I have been a crafter for as long as I can remember and have tried everything from cross-stitch to scrapbooking, journaling, mixed media, pocket letters and mosaic making. I started learning how to make cards earlier this year and created my blog so that I could enter challenges. I love looking through and commenting upon challenge entries and DT samples and love it when I find a new technique that I can use.

Thank you to all at Crafty Boots for having me as a Guest Designer – it really is an honour!



This has been such a fun challenge we were unable to stop the Design Team making a few more cards.











This challenge will remain open until 12 Noon on Sunday, 11 September. Please click here to go directly to the challenge.





Monday, 29 August 2016

'You Are My Sunshine' Challenge

It is a Bank Holiday Monday here in the UK, a time when many families traditionally flock to the the beach for the day.  Often it is the last opportunity to enjoy the sunshine before the autumn sets in.  Our next Bank Holiday will be Christmas Day, which is not a time we normally think of laying on the beach - unless we are lucky enough to be on the other side of the world.

A new Challenge starts today, Design Team Member Lisette (aka Mrs Beez) has challenged all of us to use sunny colours in our projects for this challenge, which Lisette has called 'You Are my Sunshine'.  As always with our challenges, you can use any materials you like, to make anything you like, for example, a card, a box top, a gift bag, a scrapbook page, an ATC, an inchie ...........

Our Design Team have come up with a few ideas to give you an idea of the sort of thing Lisette had in mind.

Card by Lisette






Card by Dionne


We should like to give you the opportunity to join in the fun at Crafty Boots Challenges and, therefore, we are offering guest design team spots to the winner and two runners up of this challenge.

This challenge will remain open until 12 Noon on Sunday, 11 September. There are very few rules to our Challenges but, if you would like to read them for yourself, you will find them here.

We are looking forward to seeing your projects, good luck.

Monday, 22 August 2016

'Anything But a Card' Mid Challenge Reminder

We are back today with out 'Anything But a Card' Mid Challenge Reminder. There are some challenges which seem to generate a buzz, the Anything But a Card Challenge is one of them. It makes us think outside the box, to truly challenge our creative selves.

The winners of this Challenge will be given the opportunity to be featured in a future challenge as Guest Designers. Billie A recently won our 'Summer Time' Challenge, Billie is very well known in the crafting world and I am sure many of you will be familiar with her work. If you are not as familiar as you would like to be, check out her blog 'Ink on My Fingers'.

Billie

Hi my name is Billie Anderson. My blog is called Ink on My Fingers. I have always loved doing crafts and paper-crafting took over my life in the late 80’s. I am on four design teams and love bringing cards to life. My style has changed over the years and I want to keep learning and trying more techniques. I keep a yearly journal to keep track of my projects and this is one of journal divider page I made. I am retiring the end of Oct. 2016 and looking forward to more time doing some of my other crafts.

I am married with grown children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We have a little 4 legged kid who is spoiled.. I hope you stop by my blog and take a look. Thank you and Thank you Crafty boots for having me as a Guest Designer.



Our Design Team ladies have been very busy as well and have a few more inspirational pieces for you.

Mini Album By Dionne












Scrapbook Page by Dionne


This Challenge will remain open until 12 Noon on Sunday, 28 August. Please click here to go directly to the Challenge.

Monday, 15 August 2016

'Anything But a Card' Challenge

It is time for a new and exciting challenge here at Crafty Boots Challenges, for the next two weeks we should like to see your creative side coming up with something other than a card. It could be, for example, an altered box, a gift bag, a scrapbook page, an ATC, an inchie - just as long as it's not a card! You can use any materials you like and you are not restricted to paper, it could be made of wood or fabric - or even embroidery.

Our Design Team have come up with a one of two ideas to get you going.



Tag by Dionne


We should like to give you the opportunity to join in the fun at Crafty Boots Challenges and, therefore, we are offering guest design team spots to the winner and two runners up of this challenge.

This challenge will remain open until 12 Noon on Sunday, 28 August. There are very few rules to our Challenges but, if you would like to read them for yourself, you will find them here.

We are looking forward to seeing your projects, good luck.

Monday, 8 August 2016

'Use a Stamp' Mid Challenge Reminder

We are back with the Mid Challenge reminder for the 'Use a Stamp' Challenge - what is it they say, time flies when you are having fun?  It is wonderful to see so many entries in this challenge, who would have thought so many of us love to use our stamps.

The winners of this Challenge will be given the opportunity to be featured in a future challenge as a Guest Designer. Andree (Aloha Cards), Lisa (Handmade by Lisa) and Carol (Crafty Stamper) won our recent 'Masculine Cards' challenge. We are so lucky to have three really talented ladies guesting this week and you really should take a look their blogs to see more of their amazing work.

Andree

Hello, my name is Andree and I live in the UK and work in a local school office and so lots of my school holidays get spent in my craft room.  I’ve been making cards for the last 12 years and I love both digi and rubber stamps and colouring with Promarkers.  I also have a bit of an addiction to pretty papers-like most crafters I have far more than I could ever use but just can’t seem to help myself.

I started my blog ‘Aloha Cards’ a few years ago mainly to keep a track of the cards I was making but then I discovered so many other wonderful blogs and challenge blogs and I now have lots of crafty blog friends. 

I’d like to thank the team at Crafty Boots for this opportunity to be their guest designer for this challenge, and I’m very proud to take part.



Lisa

My name is Lisa and I´m 48 years young. I live with my husband and our cat in a small town two hours from Stockholm, Sweden. I´m a dental hygienist by profession. I've been making cards since 2011 and I absolutely love it. I´ve always at least one ongoing project on my desk and always a lot of them on my mind. I colour my images with Polychromos pencils or Distress Ink re-inkers. I spend a lot of my free time crafting but have also other interests like photography, travel, hiking and sports activity. This is my blog: Handmade by Lisa.




Carol

    Hi I'm Carol and live in Kingston Upon Hull in England, I have crafted for many years through knitting, cake decorating and now card making, mini albums and decorated canvas - I have also recently rediscovered my first love of stamping and am delighted to be Guest Designer for Crafty Boots.


Our regular Design Team have been busy too, here are some more of their ideas.







Card by Jess





This Challenge will remain open until 12 Noon on Sunday, 14 August. Please click here to go directly to the Challenge.